The Master Cleanse Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on November 25, 2013

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The Master Cleanse Diet – also commonly known as the “Maple Syrup Diet” or the “Lemonade Diet” – is a liquid diet. Its purpose is to naturally rid the body of impurities, such as pesticides, toxins, and other pollutants. The diet has existed since the 1940’s, and was created by Stanley Burroughs. Although it was initially meant to detoxify the body and treat ulcers, since the 1990’s, it has become a popular weight loss plan and marketed as a fast way to lose weight.

This is a very strict detox diet that consists of ingesting only the special Master Cleanse Lemonade drink. This beverage is made up of the following ingredients: freshly squeezed organic lemon juice, organic grade B maple syrup, filtered water, and ground cayenne pepper. It is important to make sure that all ingredients are organic and all-natural to avoid using products that contain additives. For the entire cleanse period, dieters are to drink between 6 and 12 servings of the special “lemonade” drink per day and whenever they are hungry.

You can take part in the Master Cleanse Diet for up to 14 days. After the detox is complete, you slowly ease yourself back into a normal diet that includes solid foods. Usually, it is recommended that you begin with vegetable soup and follow this with fruits and vegetables. It is also recommended that you slowly ease into the Master Cleanse, three days prior to starting it. This is done by slowly eliminating solid foods from your diet until everything you eat is liquid-based.

Once you have completed a cleanse, you should wait a minimum of 2 months (60 days) before going on another detox diet.

PROS

You will lose weight on this diet, due to low-caloric consumption. Some dieters lose up to 20 pounds or more. This is a very inexpensive diet and the ingredients to make the special drink are relatively easy to procure.

CONS

The Master Cleanse is a fasting regimen and a short-term weight loss plan. It is not a practical weight management regimen. It is lacking in essential nutrients and is deficient in vitamins, minerals, fiber, essential fats, carbohydrates and protein. Common side effects associated with this diet include: nausea, fatigue, dehydration, dizziness, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, and rapid heartbeat. Many of the side effects associated with this cleanse may be too intense for some dieters, as research suggests it may worsen IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and heart conditions.

Although it is highly likely that dieters will lose weight on the Master Cleanse Diet, most of the weight that is lost is water and muscle, not fat. Due to this fact, the weight loss is only temporary. Furthermore, while on this diet, the typical person only consumes 1200 calories or less per day. This is far below 2000 calories, which is the daily recommended amount for the average adult. Also, there is no mention of exercise for Master Cleanse dieters. This is not entirely surprising, considering they are not taking in enough calories to have sufficient energy for physical activity.

There is no scientific proof that the Master Cleanse Diet will rid the body of toxins or impurities. The human body is designed to naturally eliminate these toxins though organs, such as the lungs, kidneys and liver.

Anyone considering the Master Cleanse Diet or any cleanse should first talk to their healthcare provider.

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